World champs top Kazakhstan elite women’s tourney

Former world champions Nazym Kyzaibay, Valentina Khalzova and Lyazzat Kungeibayeva ended the year on a high, seizing gold medals in the Kazakhstan Women’s Elite National Championships 2022 which recently concluded in Kostanay.

Two-time world titlist Kyzaibay, who won bronze in this year’s World Championships and ASBC Asian Elite Championships, capped off her dominant run in the light flyweight (50kg) class with a first-round stoppage against Moldir Toikova.

Khalzova, who also netted a bronze in Istanbul, clobbered Zhibek Zharaskyzy, 5-0, in middleweight (75kg) while Kungeibayeva edged out youth world titlist Dina Islambekova via split decision in heavyweight (+81kg).

Meanwhile, reigning Asian champions Alua Balkybekova and Zhaina Shekerbekova posted easy 5-0 victories over Anel Kudaybergen in minimumweight (48kg) and Anel Sakysh in bantamweight (54kg), respectively.

Tokyo Olympics campaigner Nadezhda Ryabets emerged triumphant in the star-studded welterweight (66kg) division after pulling off a tight 5-0 decision against Natalia Bogdanova.

Another young standout in Vladislava Kukhta shone in the competition after upsetting the veteran and former top gun Rimma Volosenko, 4-1, in lightweight (60kg).

Zhazira Urakbayeva of Almaty bagged a bronze medal in Amman on her first major elite championships and she won the title of the flyweight (52kg) in Kostanay following her success over Yerkezhan Dauletzhankyzy.

Astana’s Saniya Sultankyzy is a veteran boxer and in the absence of the reigning ASBC Asian Champion Karina Ibragimova, she earned the title at the featherweight (57kg).

Astana’s Aida Abikeyeva defended her throne at the light welterweight (63kg) following her success over Laura Yesenkeldi of Shymkent.

Madina Nurshayeva, the 2017 ASBC Asian Champion impressed in her new category at the light middleweight (70kg) and defeated a medallist from Kielce, Zhasmin Kizatova in the final.

The light heavyweight (81kg) was a strong category in the Women’s National Championships, and the returning Fariza Sholtay of Shymkent was able to take the gold medal against Gulsaya Yerzhan of Kyzyl-Orda region.

Asian Boxing Confederation and Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Vice-President Mr. Aziz Kozhambetov oversaw the national tournament joined by 104 pugs.

List of winners in the Kazakhstan Elite Women’s National Championships 2022

 48kg: Alua Balkybekova

 50kg: Nazym Kyzaibay

 52kg: Zhazira Urakbayeva

 54kg: Zhaina Shekerbekova

 57kg: Saniya Sultankyzy

 60kg: Vladislava Kukhta

 63kg: Aida Abikeyeva

 66kg: Nadezhda Ryabets

 70kg: Madina Nurshayeva

 75kg: Valentina Khalzova

 81kg: Fariza Sholtay

+81kg: Lyazzat Kungeibayeva

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